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This "Week" The suggestion comes from Kroney who muses

"Whilst I was passing through Miami airport at the tender age of 21, I fancied a beer. "ID" said the charming Southerner behind the desk, so I got out my passport and showed it to her.

"You have to be 21," she said. Now this confused me slightly as I had been 21 for several months by this point and my date of birth was staring her in my face.

"I am 21," I replied helpfully "it says so there, look"

"You have to be 21", she said getting angry.

Cut a long story short, I argued, the manager came out, I argued with him before I finally realised that they weren't looking at the date of birth at all. They were looking at the date of *issue*

That would have made me an annoyingly precocious four year old. What examples of unsurpassed mental genius have you experienced?"""""""

(, Mon 21 Nov 2016, 9:24)
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Just opened the new pumps.
The station was just hopping, I hadn't had time to do anything, let alone have change. I put out my signs, but customers were relentless. Another guy came in and tossed a 20 on the counter.

"Give me 10 dollars on pump 3."

"I don't have any change, I have no way to break this." I said.

"Well then give me 5 dollars on pump 3!" he says.

I look him square in the eye and say, "Man, you have got to be kidding."

He says, "What? Give me three fives!"

You can't fix stupid. I just pushed the bill back to him and he looked at me like I stole his lunch, picked up the bill, and walked out the door.
(, Mon 21 Nov 2016, 20:30, 17 replies)
you wot m8?

(, Mon 21 Nov 2016, 23:49, closed)
I think dollars are those tokens they use in the colonies because they don't deserve pound sterling

(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 8:14, closed)
that's not how a petrol station works you idiot

(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 10:32, closed)
It is in a lot of self serve places in America
Have you not seen Robocop?
(, Fri 25 Nov 2016, 11:33, closed)
They don't have petrol stations in America
Only gas stations.
(, Fri 25 Nov 2016, 11:49, closed)
If our cars ran on gas people wouldn't complain so much about fracking.

(, Fri 25 Nov 2016, 11:55, closed)
TIL: in the USA you pay for fuel first before filling up

(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 10:56, closed)

(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 16:45, closed)
It's a trust thing.

(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 18:52, closed)
Not always...
But if you let them pump first, someone'll take advantage.
(, Wed 23 Nov 2016, 14:04, closed)
how would they take advantage?

(, Fri 25 Nov 2016, 9:20, closed)
by driving away
like they do here
(, Fri 25 Nov 2016, 10:22, closed)
Well shiyet!

(, Tue 22 Nov 2016, 12:55, closed)
This story would be notable in the UK...
....but in the US, I understand that this sort of inability to grasp simple concepts is relatively commonplace - after all, look at who they think is suitable Presidential material.

But the writer of the story is lucky that the customer didn't get out his personal automatic firearm (that his daddy gave him when he was four years old) and blow him away - this is also commonplace in the United States of Trumpton, I believe.
(, Wed 23 Nov 2016, 20:54, closed)
Nomore so than knife deaths in the rest of the world.

(, Thu 24 Nov 2016, 6:11, closed)
I'm afraid not.
(, Thu 24 Nov 2016, 7:34, closed)
I don't understand much of what's going on here.
Particularly a "hopping" petrol station. And the lack of a float in your till. And cash being used. And pumps not being self service.

Two cultures separated by a common language, indeed.
(, Thu 24 Nov 2016, 11:13, closed)

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